Story: Household management

Home hunting

This 1946 film shows a young couple searching for a home to rent or buy. Along the way they see an architect, who gives them advice about mortgages. Without sufficient money for a deposit, they finally rent a bedsitter in a house in a run-down area. At the time there was a housing shortage, which dated back to the 1930s and would continue until the 1960s. Efforts to solve the problem included smaller deposits and cheaper, government-funded mortgages, the possibility of capitalising child benefit for the purpose of providing a deposit, and state-house building programmes.

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Reference: Housing in New Zealand. National Film Unit, 1946

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Megan Cook, 'Household management - The wider world', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 January 2022)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 Sep 2013